LA Weekend Roundup 03.25.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 03.25.11

Wine Riot Los AngelesEVENTS
The Avenues 14th Annual Art and design walk

March 26. Event, geared for the whole family, offers exclusive receptions, personal appearances, food and entertainment, shopping discounts, and more, including sidewalk music and entertainment, food trucks and more. Highlights include a solo exhibition by renowned Surrealist painter Margo Selski, the first-ever half-off sale at 655 Home at Phyllis Morris and Zoom In Zoom Out event at Hamilton-Selway Fine Art where artist Katharina Dietlinger will be on-hand to exhibit her oil paintings for the first time ever in the Unites States. 3-7 p.m.

Wine Riot Los AngelesWINE RIOT

March 25-26. Not your wine country wine tasting: Wine Riot aims to provide guests with an interactive and tech savvy wine and food tasting experience. Find 250 wines from around the world; local food vendors such as I ♥ Pies and Cool Haus; crash course wine seminars such as, “What Wines Go Best With Takeout Thai?” live music from DJ Andie Cassette and more. $50-$60. Santa Monica Place, 4th floor event space, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.394.1049.  WineRiotLA/Tickets

LA SAKE FestivalLA SAKE Festival

March 26. At the largest sake tasting in Southern California, you can sample more than 100 brands of sake and sake infused cocktails, take an introductory sake class and sample desserts. 8-11 p.m. Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, 1755 North Highland Ave., Hollywood.


March 25-April 17. The 6th annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for a mind-expanding collection of short film programs, each crafted with care to appeal to the next generation of movie-lovers. Inspiring, magical works made by acclaimed filmmakers and up-and-coming auteurs alike take you on a celluloid ride around the globe, with enchanting programs for tiny tots, chills and thrills for adventurous older viewers, and films sure to inspire the whole family. REDCAT, 631 West 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800.’s Wellness’s Wellness Week

Through March 27. Find spa specials (up to 50% and special $50 treatments) at a wide selection of spas, fitness classes and wellness services at hundreds of spas across Los Angeles and Orange county, including at Tikkun Holistic Spa, Knox Salon, Sheppard Method Pilates, Epitome Salon and more. You can search spas in your area at:

Los Angeles Women's International Film FestivalLos Angeles Women’s International Film Festival

Opens March 25. 7th annual film festival showcases narratives, documentaries, animation and student short films made by women; in addition to providing women a platform to share their unique stories, the festival serves as a fundraiser for women causes. Festival opens Friday with with Pink Skies a documentary feature directed by Gulcin Gilbert. Proceeds from the screening will be donated to Susan G Komen for the Cure LA County.

Lady Gaga staples centerMusic
Lady Gaga

March 28. Making her third Los Angeles appearance since the Monster Ball Tour took off in 2009, Lady Gaga again delights fans with the self-described “first-ever pop-electro opera” at Staples Center. Her albums, The Fame and The Fame Monster, have sold a total of 13.5 million; singles “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “LoveGame,” “Paparazzi,” “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” add up to more than 50 million sold. Online, Lady Gaga’s music videos have logged more than 1 billion views—she is the first artist to reach this number—and “Bad Romance” is the most watched YouTube video of all time. A two-year-long tour and still Gaga hasn’t stopped; she released a new single, “Born This Way,” and was a top performer and winner at the Grammy Awards last month. Her new album, titled after the first single, is due in May. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000 Map I15

Los Lonely Boys grammy museumThe Drop: Los Lonely Boys

March 25. After proving themselves as one of the most stunning musical success stories of the last decade, Los Lonely Boys continue to creatively draw from and meld Blues, Classic and Modern Rock, Soul and beyond. The Texican Rock’n’Roll trio of brothers take the stage at the Grammy Museum for a rare discussion and performance. An audience Q&A and performance will follow. Doors 7:30 p.m. $20. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, downtown, 213.765.6800 Map I15

Mixology at Michael's Santa MonicaEAT | Drink
Mixology at Michael’s Santa Monica

March 25. Michael’s, the acclaimed Santa Monica restaurant known for sourcing the freshest sustainable ingredients for its cuisine, teams up with acclaimed mixologist, Jason Robey to launch their new mixology program. Stop by for a night gourmet cocktails–some made with herbs grown on the new rooftop garden and fresh produce from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. Bar bites like yellowtail crudo, duck prosciutto and sliders accompany, along with a new art exhibition, “Drawn” with pieces from Alejandro Gehry and Vanessa Prager. Michael’s Santa Monica, Michael’s Santa Monica, 1147 Third St, Santa Monica, 310.451.0843.

Weekend Specials at Le Saint Amour Culver cityWeekend Specials at Le Saint Amour

Fresh off his flight back from Paris acclaimed  chef Walter Manzke (now consulting at Le Saint Amour), unveils a new list of specials at the Culver City French bistro. This weekend find Bouillabaisse (mussels, clams, prawns, loup de mer, monkfish, rouille, croutons) on Friday; filet mignon bordelaise (beef filet, red wine reduction, bone marrow, shallots, potato gratin) on Saturday; and fried chicken (served with frites, piment d’Espelette, cabbage slaw, seasonal vegetables) on Sundays. Either order the dish a la carte, or upgrade to a full meal (soup or salad, dessert) for $29. 9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, 310.842.8155.

Hairroin Salon Foxy FridaysSTYLE

Fridays. Start your weekends with bubbly and blowouts in the heart of Hollywood at Hairroin Salon. Just make an appointment, choose your look, a happy hour beverage and get shampooed and blown out to the tune of live DJs. $35. Hairroin Salon, 1553 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.0392.


Through March 30. Benjamin Britten’s opera based on Henry James’ 19th-century ghost story makes its premiere at L.A. Opera. Star soprano Patricia Racette takes the leading role of the Governess, supported by tenor William Burden and sopranos Tamara Wilson and Ashley Emerson. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16

In Mother WordsTHEATER

March 27. When some of contemporary theater’s most talented voices – including Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley, Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck and two-time Steinberg/ATCA New Play award finalist Michele Lowe — tackle the subject of motherhood, the result is an eyeopening, hilarious and irresistible night of theater. More than a dozen of today’s best playwrights come together to share their personal stories on one of the most universal themes. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454.

mercy seat ford amphitheatreTHE MERCY SEAT BY NEIL LABUTE

Through Apr. 24. The Vs. Theatre Company explores what would happen if you were suddenly faced with the now-or-never chance to leave your spouse for your lover, with no messy strings attached. Michelle Clunie (Queer as Folk) and Johnny Clark star in the L.A. premiere of The Mercy Seat, Neil LaBute’s caustically funny examination of opportunism in the wake of tragedy. Set on Sept. 12, 2001, The Mercy Seat attempts to “examine the ‘ground zero’ of our lives…the painful, simplistic warfare we often wage on the hearts of those we profess to love,” wrote LaBute. Tickets $20/$12, students/seniors. [Inside] the Ford, Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3673.

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